NPA rebels, military troops clash in Bohol
TAGBILARAN CITY — A gunfight ensued between suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) and government troopers in Bohol province in San Isidro town on Wednesday, Dec. 28.
Soldiers clashed with at least 10 “remnants” of NPA’s Bohol Party Committee, Komiteng Rehiyon-Negros, Cebu, Bohol, and Siquijor, according to a report from the 47th “Katapatan” Infantry Battalion (IB).
San Isidro, 32 km from the capital city of Tagbilaran, has at least 9,000 residents.
In a statement, the 47th IB said residents of Sitio Bajong, Barangay Baunos, San Isidro informed soldiers about the presence of communist rebels who were allegedly extorting money from them.
The troops responded, resulting in an encounter at around10 a.m. The firefight lasted for about 10 minutes.
No fatalities were reported.
Recovered in the encounter site were different ammunition, tents, food packs, personal belongings, and subversive documents.
“As part of our ongoing efforts to put an end to the local communist armed conflict and stop their recovery efforts in Bohol Island, the residents’ willingness to assist the soldiers by providing noteworthy information on the whereabouts and activities of these NPA terrorists is extremely helpful,” said Lt. Col. Allyson Depayso, the commanding officer of the 47th IB.
Depayso assured the people that the Army in Bohol will continue to battle the NPAs to uphold a just and lasting peace on the island.
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